On Saturday January 4, 2014, The New York Times published an opinion piece online in their ‘Sunday Review’ by George Johnson entitled “Why Everyone Seems to Have Cancer”.
I reacted immediately, first just from the title of the piece, which infers, at least to me, a ho-hum reaction to this devastating disease. It also, in my opinion, minimizes the impact of cancer on the population, my population, The Nation of Cancer. I read his piece but would not read the comments since I didn’t want my reaction to be tempered by the contributions of others. That being said, I apologize if my comments are redundant with those already posted.
George Johnson is a former journalist who wrote and published a book The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest Mystery in August 2013. I will first say bravo on the press coverage and the possible spike in the sales of this book. But there are ways to promote a book that are community building and ways to promote that are infuriating. His method appears to be the later and I am hoping there is a large backlash.
First of all, his article makes very broad strokes throughout regarding cancer, it’s impact, what has worked, what hasn’t and criticizes a plan for the future.
MY REACTION: Broad subject, simplistic analysis, pessimistic. Continue Reading…